Duncan Family Farms (DFF), a grower of organic baby lettuces and greens, kales and herbs with operations in Arizona, California, Oregon and New York, has announced the promotion of multiple team members to director-level positions. The company said the move recognizes the employees’ expertise and dedication.
"Our business has expanded into various regions to better serve our customers, and our team members’ duties have also expanded," said Pete Guerrero, DFF chief operating officer. "These promotions recognize the important individuals directing these business units with titles that honor their service and represent their responsibilities."
With the level of complexity required when operating in multiple locations, DFF said it promoted team members that embody the company’s commitment to quality and consistency:
Tom Stills, Director of Post-Harvest Operations and Logistics
Stills has more than 30 years of produce industry experience and was originally hired as post-harvest and logistics manager at DFF, responsible for completing the final steps in the value chain for customers.
"Professionally, I’m excited to be taking on a more prominent role in supporting DFF’s leadership and management teams as we continue our efforts to be the best organic supplier in the industry," said Stills. "Personally, I look forward to having the opportunity to coach and mentor our next team of rising leaders to contribute to a future legacy."
Lalo Orozco, Senior District Director
Orozco began working at DFF as a general laborer at the age of 16, and subsequently held several positions including tractor operator, irrigation crew leader, irrigation supervisor, farm manager and district manager for operations in Arizona, California, and New York.
"Working at Duncan Family Farms has changed my life," said Orozco. "It has not only been my career, but also provided me with tremendous opportunities to learn. I feel blessed to be part of the team and look forward to contributing to its continued success and growth."
Sean Duncan, Senior Director of Supply Chain
Duncan, a Certified Supply Chain Professional with a master’s degree in global management, previously held the titles of supply chain supervisor and supply chain manager.
"I enjoy working in our collaborative environment and having the opportunity and empowerment to pursue new ideas and opportunities to bring value to our internal team members and customers," said Duncan.
Jesus Rodriquez, Harvest Director
Rodriquez was a harvest crew leader, harvest supervisor, planting supervisor, harvest senior supervisor and harvest manager before being promoted to harvest director.
"Duncan Family Farms was my first foray into agriculture many years ago and I quickly discovered a passion for the industry and the culture that exists at the company. I look forward to the future and my continued professional growth," said Rodriquez.
Jeremy Vanderzyl, Technical Services Director
A food safety expert and public health scientist, Vanderzyl served as food safety crew lead, specialist and manager at DFF prior to his promotion.
"It’s been an amazing journey both personally and professionally, and I am grateful to be a part of this team," said Vanderzyl. "The culture at DFF is what drives our growth. It’s an incredible place to work."
Juan Calderon, Director of Farming Operations
Calderon joined DFF to manage harvesting operations and day-to-day sales and later served as farm manager at the company’s Cuyama and Nipomo farms.
"When I came on board with Duncan Family Farms, I was impressed with the family environment and the outstanding culture," said Calderon. "I feel very blessed to be part of this great organization. I've never felt more valued than at this company."
"We’re fortunate to have a group of directors that are truly passionate about our customers, the business and the team members they work with," added Guerrero. "We are absolutely certain that this team will continue to carry out the mission and values of Duncan Family Farms."